Fall 2017

Cozy and Cute Winter Outfit Ideas

By: Marlena Jones

Winter is my absolute favorite time of the year. The lightly falling snow, hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, winter markets, baking cookies, and let’s not forget the most important thing: Christmas, all make it so special. But sadly, with this magical season comes the not so magical part, the cold. During the winter, the biggest style questions I ask myself are: “Is it cozy?” and “Is it warm?”. We all just want to wear our biggest coziest sweater or jacket and call it good so here are some ideas on how to do just that!

Outfit #1

Marlena with a fluffy coat holding the hood up to show the fuzzy hood

My favorite pieces to wear during the winter season are coats. To add a unique look to your winter outfit, add a faux fur-lined jacket as a completion piece. It’s a great way to make a statement without being too over the top, plus it’s really, really cute and warm. I decided to wear this coat as the statement piece in my outfit and pair it with a simple black top and jeans with brown boots. Not only are coats an essential for winter, but they look super cute in photos (major bonus)!!

Marlena in her black coat described above in the woods

Close up of Marlena in her coat

Outfit #2

Marlena in a tan coat, blanket scarf, black jeans, and brown short boots on a rock

One of my favorite things to do throughout the year is to adventure and find new spots around Montana to explore. This outfit is perfect for this purpose. In this outfit, I decided to pair a tan thrifted jacket and black jeans. I added my brown combat boots to complete this adventure-ready look! To accessorize in the winter, I love adding a blanket scarf which is an amazing way to dress up an outfit. I know whenever I see someone with a really oversized scarf I always think to myself how insanely cozy and cute they look (okay, and maybe how I can use the scarf as an actual blanket in class).

Marlena showing off her blanket scarf. It is white, dark green, yellow, red and navy blue

Marlena in her outfit described above. She has now added light brown gloves

Outfit #3

Marlena in jeans, a checkered coat, a white top, and a necklace

If you really want to tap into your inner Montanan, I suggest getting yourself a fluffy flannel jacket to throw over your outfits. Not only is this jacket probably one of the best investments I’ve made, it was also thrifted! How cool is that? But in all honesty, this is probably the cutest flannel I have seen. Paired with a simple white sweater and black jeans, the outfit looks effortless and as if you are ready to cozy up to a fireplace or go Christmas tree hunting.

Marlena showing the back of her jacket and sweater

Marlena her outfit again. The white sweater has a kind of floating collar detail

Stay warm out there and Happy Holidays everyone! May they be filled with laughter, lots of baking, and happy times.


Marlena Jones | @marlenamariej


Photography by: Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_ and Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles


Fall 2017

A day in the life of Trendsetter Jillian

By Jillian Keith

In today’s society we document everything- from the breakfast you eat at that cute coffee shop to taking a cute picture of your fuzzy socks just before you go to bed. Let’s be honest, 5 out of 7 days in most of our weeks are so totally not glamorous. I can truthfully tell you that I’m in leggings or pajama pants maybe 65 percent of the day and once I have to get ready to leave, it’s a struggle and once I’m home, it’s back to pj’s. But just for you, the readers of Trendsetters at the U, I planned a day of fun with my friends. So today is your lucky day! Today the question that I know you’ve been pondering for ages will be answered: What does Trendsetter Jillian do on a (almost) typical day?

Sunday’s are my most free days, all other days of the week I’m bouncing from school to work to the gym and straight into bed. So today I started my Sunday morning with a little relaxation. Most people read their phones or the newspaper to catch up on their news but I start my days with my newest edition of the Knot magazine. If you know me, you’ll know I’m obsessed with weddings. I’m currently a bridal stylist, so I help brides choose their wedding dress and one day I hope to own my own wedding planning company.

Jillian on her bed with coffee and a magazine.

Next I begin getting ready for the day. I always start my routine by doing my hair first and then move on to make up. Like every girl, getting ready is a process for me even though my everyday routine is pretty basic. But I’m here to tell you how I get my simple make up look that is easy and looks simple and clean.

Jillian applying her makeup

First things first, always wash your face in the morning. I do both morning and night because if I don’t get all my make up off from the day my face breaks out. Then to start I begin with N°7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask/moisturizer and I let that set for 10 minutes.

I then use bareMinerals Complex Rescue tinted hydrating gel. I swear by this stuff; I have really dry skin and so I can’t usually use foundation so when I have extra dry days, this stuff gives me the look of foundation but it’s really just a light weight tinted moisturizer.

To conceal my eyes I use Smashbox Studio Skin concealer. I then set my make up with bareMinerals original mineral veil. To lightly contour my face I use Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, which is just a bronzing powder but it is made with real cocoa so it smells delicious. I then use my Tarte Amazonian clay long-wear blush to give a little pink to my cheeks.

For my eyes I use the Urban Decay Naked 3 pallet, I love pinks so this is my favorite pallet by far. To fill my eyebrows I use Anastasia brow powder and then to finish off the look I use my favorite mascara, Perversion by Urban Decay.

To finish the look and for all day wear I spray my face 3 times with the Urban Decay setting spray. This stuff is amazing and holds your make up for at least 12 hours.

Jillians makeup

Later that day I met up with my friends, Mel and Kayla to get lunch. Our ideal fun day is going to Target just to walk around and look at things. This usually gets me into trouble because I buy things I don’t need but hey, treat yo’ self. I ended up buying a pink velvet top by A New Day as well as glue on nails. I hate not having my nails painted but have been way too busy lately to keep up on them. Kayla told me about these glue on nails called Kiss which are amazing. They are gel nails that you glue on and they stay for two weeks. Safe to say they are now my new obsession.

A pink velvet patterned shirt, Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, glue on fake nails, lip gloss

I’m obsessed with anything and everything pink as well as donuts, I love donut shaped things so when I saw this piñata, I nearly bought it but I was talked out of it for good reason. But a donut piñata?! We also stopped by Ulta later in the day. Shown in the picture as well as my Target purchases are my Ulta purchases. I purchased Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. This cleansing water gets rid of all make up and it has no added oils, so no build up happens in your pores. I also purchased Stila Liquid Lipstick in Perla.


Jillian and friend in Target, with their chosen items

Like most days, everyone hits a wall and needs a pick me up. The best way to concur it? Coffee at a cute coffee shop, of course. Kayla and I stopped for some coffee, cookies and a little bit of a gossip session about our group projects we have going on. If you are in the business school you know that most every class especially in your upper divisions require group projects. *Eye roll emoji*

The two coffees and cookies

I ended my day at home and cuddled my two cats while working on some homework. While I love being out and about having fun with my friends, this is not what most of my days look like and I’m really not ashamed of it. School and work keep me insanely busy and really at the end of the day I want to go lay in bed and watch Friends for the 4th time through, but always make sure you make time to dress up and go out for some fun with your best friends because it’s always worth it.

Jillian with her coffee

Photography by Kayla Jackson